One woman saved and three dogs killed in Friday house fire in Rodney

A look inside the devastating aftermath of a huge house fire in a small town

By Jamie Perez | jperez@kcautv.com

Published 10/01 2016 04:43PM

Updated 10/01 2016 04:43PM

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A fatal house fire in Rodney, Iowa Friday night had one home completely engulfed in flames.
Several fire crews attempted to put out the fire for five hours but to no avail.
 
Diane, the homeowner, screamed for help once she realized she was trapped inside her home. Diane's neighbor heard her cries for help and came to her rescue.
 
"My husband and I were putting up a window in our pickup when I heard some screaming and I thought it was Sam, the boy, so I hollered 'quit that screaming.' Well then she hollered again and I said, 'Oh that's not Sam.' So I run across the street and there she was sitting stuck in her back door," says Elaine Klein, Diane's neighbor.
 
But not all lives were saved in the fire. Three dogs were trapped inside and never made it out.
 
"Last night when we arrived, this thing was basically totally engulfed in flames at that time," says Steve Longlee, a firefighter with the Smithland fire department. 
 
The fire started when Diane was cooking in the kitchen, walked away and a grease fire erupted. 
 
Several windows were blown out and everything in the home is now burnt to ashes.
 
"The house is 100 percent totaled. I mean, we saved no contents. It was so engulfed when we got here and we had a very fast response time, but with, you know the building material, the siding that was on it, it just went really fast," says Longlee. 
 
Several of Diane's neighbors stopped by Saturday afternoon checking if she was around to offer her money to support her through this difficult time.

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